Last Update 11:9
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Olympics: France expect 14 gold medals from London 2012

French sports minister Chantal Jouanno has called on the country's athletes to bring back 14 titles from the 2012 Olympics, double the haul won in Beijing in 2008

AFP, Tuesday 15 Mar 2011
Olympics
France handball team celebrate winning the golden medal in Beijing 2008
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1213
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1213

Speaking at France's national sports institute (INSEP) in Paris to mark 500 days before the start of the London Games, Jouanno said: "The aim is to double the number of gold medals we won in Beijing, to 14.

"In Beijing, we won plenty of medals (40) but few golds (7). That means we have extraordinary potential, but plenty of room for improvement."

Jouanno reserved her harshest judgement for the country's women athletes.

"The women also have room for improvement. In Athens they won half of our medals even though they didn't number half of the total delegation," added Jouanno.

"In Beijing, however, they only won seven medals. We need more from London."

Jouanno said win bonuses would remain in place for London 2012, with 50,000, 20,000 and 13,000 euros awarded to winners of gold, silver and bronze medallists respectively.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.